Jackson District Library Board of Trustees
The responsibility of the Jackson District Library Board of Trustees is to set policy concerning the management, supervision and control of the library facilities. The Board of Trustees consists of seven members of the community and are appointed by the City of Jackson and Jackson County boards.
The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees regular board meeting will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm, except for holidays and special meetings. The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets in compliance to the Michigan Open Meetings Act.
JDL Board of Trustees will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 7 (seven) days notice to the JDL Board. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the JDL Board by writing or calling the following: Diane Anderson, 244 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201 or 517-905-1308.
*Members of the public may address the Board at any of its meetings, as provided for in the Open Meetings Act. Public comment shall be provided for in the agenda. Individuals may speak for not more than three (3) minutes. Modification of these times may be approved by vote of the Board.
President | Jacqueline Barber
Jacqueline Barber, a life long resident of Jackson County, joined the board in September 2014. She and her husband John are parents to four children and eleven grandchildren. She has an Associates degree from Jackson College and a Bachelor Of Arts from Spring Arbor University. For Thirty-Seven years she has worked as a Children’s Program Manager at Community Action Agency, overseeing the daily operation of nine Head Start/GSRP early childhood classrooms and a food service department. Barber is also an active member and Trustee at Lily Missionary Baptist Church. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, tending to flower beds (during the summer months), walking, bike riding, attending and teaching aerobics, reading, and just spending time at home.
Vice President | Stephen Rajzer
Stephen Rajzer has been a member of the Jackson community since 2011. He was appointed to the Library Board in September 2019 by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Stephen is passionate about citizen involvement in our government. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, and previously served as the Chair. He has also served on several committees for the City of Jackson. Prior to moving to Jackson, Stephen served one elected term on the Decatur Public Schools Board of Education.
Stephen is employed by the Office of Congressman Tim Walberg where he serves as District Director of Administration.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University.
Secretary & Treasurer | Bill Jors
Bill Jors was appointed to the JDL Board in December 2017. He was born, raised and still resides in the City of Jackson.
Jors was a 1985 graduate of Jackson High School. In 1990 he graduated from Spring Arbor College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jors served as Mayor of Jackson from 2015 to 2017. Jors is currently the Vice-President of Business Development – Commercial Loan Officer at County National Bank. He has been with the bank since 2005. He also serves the community through several Jackson area charities.
Mr. Jors is currently single and has an 18 year old daughter who is presently attending Adrian College.
Trustee | Barbara Dame
Barbara Dame is from Norvell Township and was appointed to serve as Trustee on the Library Board by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in December 2020.
She holds a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) from Madonna University and a B.A. in Business through Wayne State University.
Barbara has a background in higher education with specialty experience in the provision of university English language instruction, assessment design and development, and accessibility evaluation and consultation. She has been an advocate for all learner populations, including underserved student groups and individuals with disabilities, to ensure fair and equitable access to learning resources and materials.
Trustee | David K. Elwell
David K. Elwell was appointed to the Library Board in June, 2021, to serve the remainder of a partial term. David has resided in Blackman Township since approximately 1978. He received his Associates Degree from Alpena Community College, and attended the Police Academy at Jackson Community College in 1980.
After graduation from the police academy, he was hired as a patrol officer for Leoni Township Police Department, and then in November of 1980, by Blackman Township. He cross-trained as a fire-fighter, becoming a Public Safety Officer, performing both police and fire duties. He retired as a Detective Sergeant in 2004, and was then hired as the Chief of Police for Columbia Township, where he retired from in 2020.
David served 18 years as a County Commissioner, as well as having served on the Westwood Community Credit Union board as both a trustee and board president. David is married to Sharon, has three adult children and three grand-children.
David has been a frequent visitor of the library, recognizes the importance of the library in our community, and looks forward to the ongoing success of the library as it continues to evolve.
Trustee | Erik Lyman
The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees welcomed Erik Lyman into the fold after Jackson City Council members appointed him to the position in December 2018.
Lyman is set to serve on the board of trustees through Aug. 23, 2021. “Since returning to Jackson in 2015, I have really taken advantage of all that JDL has to offer,” Lyman said. “I love JDL and am honored to serve them moving forward.”
Lyman grew up in Fenton and earned degrees from Mott Community College and Spring Arbor University. Erik comes from a non-profit and small business marketing background, working at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson and Albion College. He enjoys watching movies, playing board games, and reading in his spare time.
Trustee | Beverley McGill
Beverley has lived in Jackson since 1986. A proud mom of three, she is now a doting grandmother. Beverley received her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA from Eastern Michigan University. Her entire career has been in the non-profit field. She has recently retired as the Fund Development Director at Highfields. Beverley was a co-founder of the Jackson Women’s History Council which coordinates the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards and served on the board of the Jackson School of the Arts.